A viewer's guide to the British Open
The Open Championship may be golf's oldest major, but it's not stuck in 1860 when it comes to giving golf fans plenty of ways to enjoy the competition from Royal St. George's. Use this viewer's guide to capture every minute of British Open action from your office, couch or beach blanket. All times are Eastern.
Thursday and Friday: 4 a.m.-3 p.m., ESPN
Saturday: 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m., ESPN
Sunday: 6 a.m.-1:30 p.m., ESPN
On Thursday and Friday, ESPN will air 11 hours of live television coverage (4 a.m.-3 p.m.), followed by "The Open Championship Today" (3-6 p.m.) and a "Best of The Open Championship" (7-10 p.m.).
Weekend coverage will remain on ESPN, with Saturday starting at 7 a.m. and Sunday at 6 a.m. ABC will feature "The Open Championship Today" on both days (2-6 p.m.), while "Best of The Open Championship" will reside on ESPN Saturday (7-10 p.m.) and ESPN2 Sunday (7-10 p.m.).
ON THE WEB
The R&A promises to take viewers "behind the scenes of golf's oldest major" with "@TheOpen Live," a live-streaming TV channel. Appearing on Opengolf.com, Facebook and LiveStream.com, the broadcast starts on Wednesday and runs through Sunday, featuring five hours of coverage each day. Highlights, press conferences and exclusive interviews will be featured on the online stream.
Additionally, ESPN3 will provide wall-to-wall broadband coverage of golf's oldest major championship. Starting Thursday, viewers can watch live tournament coverage, along with separate broadcasts of the 1st/18th holes and 14th/15th/16th holes. ESPN3 coverage starts at 4 a.m. on Thursday and Friday, 5 a.m. Saturday, and 6 a.m. Sunday.
As usual, Golf.com will cover every angle of the tournament with on-site reports from our correspondents, constantly updated photo galleries from Sports Illustrated shooters and in-depth features from our stable of writers from Golf Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Golf.com. For up-to-the-minute updates and commentary, check out Golf.com's live blogs, which begin at 7 a.m on Thursday and Friday, and follow the leaders over the weekend.
WHAT'S NEW THIS YEAR
This year, The Open Championship is launching Score Center+, a simplified way for fans to follow all the action from Royal St. George's in one window. Tee times, up-to-the-minute scoring, player biographies and the latest tournament news will all be available. Score Center+ will also integrate with "@TheOpen Live," providing live coverage from holes 14, 15, and 16 and video highlights from the day's action.
ON YOUR HANDHELD
Android and iPhone users will also be able to access "@TheOpen Live" via The Open Championship App. Appearing for the first time on Androids, the application will also feature live coverage from the 14th, 15th, and 16th holes, video highlights, a live leaderboard and more. Download the app from the iTunes Store or the Android Marketplace.